How to Remove Tar From Fabric

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How to Remove Tar From Fabric
Remove Tar From Fabric

In some areas, beach going can mean dealing with some unseemly stuff, like tar that can wash up on the shore. But with a little patience, messy tar stains can be eliminated.

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Things you need

  • White Kerosene
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Clotheslines
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Stain Removers
  • Washing Machines
  • Ice Cubes
  • Plastic Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper towels
  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic bags

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    Removing the Tar

  1. 1

    Place some ice cubes in a small plastic bag and apply the bag to the tar, if a great deal of tar is stuck to the fabric.

    How to Remove Tar From Fabric
  2. 2

    Allow the tar to freeze and harden.

  3. 3

    Peel away the tar after it has completely hardened.

    Removing the Stain

  1. 1

    Apply stain remover to the stain if the fabric is machine-washable.

  2. 2

    Wash according to the fabric's care instructions.

  3. 3

    Allow the fabric to air dry.

  4. 4

    Dab a small amount of white kerosene onto a persistent stain with a white paper towel.

    How to Remove Tar From Fabric
  5. 5

    Wash separately from other clothes and according to the fabric's care instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid exposing the fabric to heat until the stain has been completely lifted.
  • Stains on dry-clean-only fabrics should be professionally treated.

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